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Japanese Somen (wheat) Noodles with Rainbow chard

Posted by fourclankitchen on March 23, 2010

Japanese Somen (wheat) Noodles with Rainbow chard

Somen noodles are widely available in the US and can be made into a quick or elaborate dinner, depending upon your time constraints. These noodles come in different sizes, which differ only in how substantial they feel in your mouth. Cook the Somen noodles according to the package instructions (it is the only English number on the back of the package). Add some stir-fried vegetables, eggs or thinly-sliced chicken to the cooked noodles along with your favorite Japanese sauce. The recipe below is a quick weeknight affair and uses only ginger, garlic and chard.

1 lb medium diameter Somen noodles (you can use any thickness, but the thin ones are easy to overcook and easily become sticky).
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ inch ginger, minced
1 bunch rainbow chard (about 4 stems), the leaves and stem coarsely chopped
½- ¾ tsp salt, or to taste
2 ½ tbs. oil, divided
4 tbs. yakiniku sauce (or other Asian stir-fry sauce)
1-2 tbs. water
Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Boil water in a large pot and cook Somen noodles according to package instructions. (The cooking time will vary depending upon the thickness of the Somen noodles. Do not add salt to the water, since the noodles are already pretty salty). Drain, wash in cold water and set aside.

Add 2 tbs. oil to a thin-walled wok. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic, stir for a minute, then add the rainbow chard. Saute, stirring frequently for about 5 min, till the chard starts to wilt. Add salt, taste and adjust the salt. Remove chard from the wok.

Add ½ tbs. of oli, 4 tbs. of yakiniku sauce (any soy-based sauce of your choice will do) and 1-2 tbs. of water to the wok. When the mixture starts boiling, add the noodles and using 2 forks or chop sticks, separate the noodles, so that they are fully coated by the sauce, about 4 min. Add more yakiniku sauce, if needed. Then add the stir-fried vegetables, mix and adjust the salt. Garnish with cilantro, if you like the taste. Serve immediately.

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